About Us

We are British Columbia’s health research agency. Our ambition is to inspire and connect curious, creative and passionate minds to drive discovery and innovation for better health and health care. We support the people who do and use health research and we strengthen the system in which they work.

An organization created by the consolidation of the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research and the BC Academic Health Science Network, we are focused on improving the health of British Columbians, the health system and the economy. Considerations of equity, diversity and inclusion are top-of-mind as we begin our journey together, and our commitment to Indigenous reconciliation and self-determination will guide us.

As a provincial organization, our work extends across many Indigenous lands and territories throughout BC. We acknowledge with respect and humility that our Vancouver offices are located on the traditional and unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

Current Funding Opportunities

Scholar Program

Supports early career health researchers, helping them form their own research teams, train the next generation of scientists and develop world-leading research programs.

Research Trainee Program

Supports the best and brightest health researchers in training to enable career development and support world-class health research in BC.

Applications are now open for:

Latest News


Michael Smith Health Research BC welcomes vice-president, external relations

1 December 2022

Michael Smith Health Research BC welcomes Roger Francis as our vice-president, external relations.


Diverse team of people review notes on a glass wall.

Researchers get a career boost from new national platform

28 November 2022

This week, a new organization launches to support researchers across Canada who engage patients in their work: SPOR National Training Entity.


ASK US Series: Decentralized Trials & Research Alliance (DTRA)

23 November 2022

Join us in the opener of ASK US Series season 3 with a special guest - Craig Lipset from the Decentralized Trials & Research Alliance (DTRA)

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